Shout Out From Vermont

Discussion in 'New Member Intros!' started by VTFJ, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. VTFJ

    VTFJ New Member

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    Jumping back into the game of wheeling/rock crawling after an almost three year dry spell.
    In one word, read 'divorce' and most everybody gets the picture but hey...things are back on track and I've got a new ride to build on!

    Coming off a 1st gen K5 w/tons, triple sticks, fuel cell, injected 383 on 42's...blah/blah/blah etc.

    Found & purchased a '75 FJ40 that's had some work done already, some decent work but as usual some that needs attention too.

    It's got the original I-6 that does run pretty decent and has a header & Weber carb upgrades.
    It's running on 35's, has a winch/spare & fuel carrier and it even included a high lift - lol
    One cool thing they did was swap in an SM420 with crawler 1st and 2nd gears in the tranny making slow crawl a breeze.
    Both axles are locked also, front has a Genuine Gear and the rear a full case Detroit :)

    Road manners suck, it's top speed is about 50mph (if you dare go that fast) but I expect the Detroit is giving me some of the 'crabbing feeling' as I shift.

    Time to start picking away at it, my goal is to run 37's as a final set up with both good road manners 'and' enough power to make highway travel easy & safe.
    Not sure yet if a V8 swap is the way to go, still researching that.

    Anyway, glad I found this site, looks pretty wicked!

    Couple pics of the new ride:

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  2. woody

    woody eternal noobie Staff Member Media Partner

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    sweet new ride, always a big fan of the FJ40 :)

    First step for 37's will be an SOA...should keep you busy for a few weeks ;)

    Welcome to RC, drag a few friends along for the ride!
     
  3. VTFJ

    VTFJ New Member

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    SOA, drivelines, brakelines, shocks, rear disc's...yippee!
     
  4. woody

    woody eternal noobie Staff Member Media Partner

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    don't forget the dreaded cut and turn :) Nitro/s/Longfields, Aisin lockouts, 6-shooters, etc...

    Been there, done that...do it right the first time...my old 40 on 39's handled great at 70mph and tackled most trails with ease.


    Falken Tire has a new 37" MT being debuted at SEMA...watch for an article on it...might be one to consider!
     
  5. lgrt

    lgrt New Member

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    nice 40... looks like a great project.
     

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